COVID-19 Update for Extension and Outreach

April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020, 2:10 p.m. -- email to staff, faculty, and councils

From the Office of the Governor:

Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration and implementing additional measures to protect residents, workers, and the public in RMCC Region 6.

The proclamation limits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings in RMCC Region 6 to only people who live together in the same household. And it continues to limit weddings, funerals, and other spiritual or religious gatherings to no more than 10 people. The proclamation also requires people to remain six feet away from people outside their household whenever possible and requires employers to take reasonable steps to increase telework and adopt reasonable precautions to protect the health of employees and the public at any in-person operations.  

RMCC Region 6 includes Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek counties.

The order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 16, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020. You can read the full text of the proclamation online.

What does this mean for Extension and Outreach?

While this announcement impacts specific counties in Northeast Iowa today, other regions of the state may reach the level 10 threshold in the coming days. (You can view the regional map on the Iowa Department of Public Health website. Go to the “COVID-19 in Iowa Dashboard” and click through the navigation bar to get to “regional assessment.”)

When your region reaches the threshold, be prepared to comply. ISU Extension and Outreach is already doing many of the restrictions identified in the announcement. We already have canceled meetings and have closed offices to the public, and we are practicing social distancing. However, this calls for additional precautions.

  • If it is possible to work from home, do.
  • If staff are working at the office, restrict it to one person at a time.
  • If you visit the office, use increased cleaning and hygiene practices.
  • If you have a fever, do not go to the office.

Continue to monitor the Iowa Department of Public Health website for additional announcements and information to protect the health and safety of you and your family, our volunteers and participants, and our communities. Iowa will reopen and we will be there – ready to help Iowans recover.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach